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Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy

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Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy

9781789903478 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Professor of Public Administration and Management and Dana R. Vashdi, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Management, Division of Public Administration and Policy, School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel
Publication Date: December 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 347 8 Extent: c 448 pp
This Handbook comprehensively explores research methods in public administration, management and policy. Exploring the richness of both traditional and contemporary methods and strategies for making progress in the field, it provides an advanced toolkit for understanding the science of public administration and management in the 21st century.

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This Handbook comprehensively explores research methods in public administration, management and policy. Exploring the richness of both traditional and contemporary methods and strategies for making progress in the field, it provides an advanced toolkit for understanding the science of public administration and management in the 21st century.

Bringing together leading international academics and experts, contributors focus on innovative research architectures, useful research techniques and best practices for the study of modern bureaucracy and the behaviour of its agents and stakeholders. Chapters look for new frontiers of the discipline with quantitative and qualitative tools and explore empirical studies to support theoretical insights. Each chapter of the Handbook provides specific examples of how these methods are used, enabling a practical understanding of a variety of intellectual paths and techniques for improving the study of modern governance.

Comprehensive and enlightening, this Handbook will be essential for academics of public policy and administration looking to enhance their research methods, as well as students learning the basics of research in this field. It will also benefit government experts, civil servants and policymakers who need to better understand how the public sector can benefit from public administration methodologies.
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‘It is our duty to keep the field of public administration not just relevant, but also scientifically sound and excellent. This book pushes us to these levels. Research methods are not sufficient but necessary for this excellence. This book guides us to a renewed generation of research methods. It is compulsory reading for sustainable public administration.’
– Geert Bouckaert, KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium
Contributors
Contributors include: A. Barbashev, J. Baron, P. Belardinelli, E. Berman, R. Bouwman, H.T. Chen, C. Don-Yun, L. Gajary, H. Garelick, A. Goffen, M.E. Guy, J.V. Guedes-Neto, D. Herath, V. Hernandes Oliveira de Oliveira, F. Homberg, K. Kalu, D. Kettl, S. Khulmann, F.L. Leeuw, R. Macedo de Oliveira, V. Mele, P.A. Mischen, S. Mizrahi, A. Page, B.G. Peters, R. Plume, Y. Reingewertz, R.W. Schwester, D. Secchi, M. Seyfried, D. Vashdi, E. Vigoda-Gadot, D.L. Weimer, S.-B. Yang
Contents
Contents:

1. The new age of research methods in public administration, public policy and public management
Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Dana Vashdi

PART I: Quantitative and Mixed-methods
2. Analyzing relationships between multiple variables
Dana Vashdi and Eran Vigoda-Gadot

3. Mixed methods in public administration
Paolo Belardinelli and Valentina Mele

4. Agent-based modelling as a tool for public management research
Fabian Homberg, Davide Secchi and Dinuka Herath

5. Hybridizing agent-based with system dynamics models: principles for theory development in public policy and management research
Lisa Gajary

6. Measurement of public values that do not involve money
Jon Baron

7. Theory building: utilizing factor analysis in the development of analytical constructs
Kalu Kalu

8. The use of Difference-in-Differences (DID) public administration research
Yaniv Reingewertz

PART II: Qualitative and Comparative Methods
9. Qualitative research approaches: Application in a UK public administration context
Ruth Plume, Alan Page and Hemda Garelick

10. Comparative methods A: Exploring big comparative questions in public administration
Evan Berman and Chen Don-Yun

11. Comparative methods B: Comparative methods in public administration – the value of looking around
Sabine Khulmann and Markus Seyfried

12. Comparative methods C: Building a cross-national research project
Mary E. Guy and Seung-Bum Yang

PART III: Experimental Methods
13. Experimental methods A: Survey experiments in public administration
B. Guy Peters and Joao Victor Guedes Neto

14. Experimental methods B: Laboratory experiments
Robin Bouwman

PART IV: Experimental methods B: Laboratory experiments
15. Program evaluation A: Program evaluation in action: Traditional and innovative approaches
Huey T. Chen

16. Program evaluation B: Evaluation, big data, and artificial intelligence: Two sides of one coin
Frans L. Leeuw

17. Policy analysis: Evaluating big stories
Shlomo Mizrahi

18. Introduction to social network analysis methods
Pamela A. Mischen

PART V: Big data and advanced methods
19. Advanced methods and big data
Donald Kettl

20. Dealing with open data: Measuring the performance of public higher education institutions using open government data
Vanessa Hernandes Oliveira de Oliveira, Róberson Macedo de Oliveira

PART VI: Ethics, outliers and reporting
21. Ethical considerations in public administration research
Richard W. Schwester

22. Finding gold in the dross: outliers as a resource for policy analysis
Anat Goffen and David L. Weimer

23. Constructive ending: how to finalize the conclusion and discussion of a research project and a journal article
Alexey Barbashev

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